What Technology Wants

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Viking, 2010 - Technology & Engineering - 406 pages
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A refreshing view of technology as a living force in the world.

This provocative book introduces a brand-new view of technology. It suggests that technology as a whole is not a jumble of wires and metal but a living, evolving organism that has its own unconscious needs and tendencies. Kevin Kelly looks out through the eyes of this global technological system to discover "what it wants." He uses vivid examples from the past to trace technology's long course and then follows a dozen trajectories of technology into the near future to project where technology is headed. This new theory of technology offers three practical lessons: By listening to what technology wants we can better prepare ourselves and our children for the inevitable technologies to come. By adopting the principles of pro-action and engagement, we can steer technologies into their best roles. And by aligning ourselves with the long-term imperatives of this near-living system, we can capture its full gifts. Written in intelligent and accessible language, this is a fascinating, innovative, and optimistic look at how humanity and technology join to produce increasing opportunities in the world and how technology can give our lives greater meaning.

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User Review  - nnschiller - LibraryThing

I ended up liking this book a lot more that I expected to. The first half of the book is dedicated to setting forward an argument that I find interesting, but Kelly isn't the person who can make it ... Read full review

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User Review  - rachelgatwood - LibraryThing

This book is full of big, exciting ideas. Maybe a little too big and too exciting. Kevin Kelly is obviously a smart and careful thinker, but he's dealing with multiple disciplines outside of his own ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Kevin Kelly, author of the acclaimed Out of Control (called "required reading for all executives" by Fortune) is editor-at-large of Wired magazine. He has been involved in such cultural innovations as The Hacker's Conference and The Well. He lives in the Bay Area.

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